Moreton Bay Regional Council is changing two access tracks at Woorim Beach south of the Bribie Island Surf Life Saving Club.
The Track Changes
One track, beside the helipad area, is currently designated for use in emergencies.
Council plans to remove the gate at the entry to this track and allow for continued emergency use, Council service access for the primary purpose of beach maintenance, and public pedestrian access. Public and surf club vehicles will still not be permitted to use this track.
The track will remain fenced on either side to prevent access across the natural dunes.
The second track, currently marked as access #14, 40 metres south of the helipad access track, is to be closed and rehabilitated.
Why is Council making these changes?
In recent years, Woorim Beach has experienced severe weather events that cause significant erosion to the seaward scarp of the dune.
During and following these wild weather events, Council has urgently worked to protect the dunes by scraping sand from the lower beach up towards to scarp.
Council readily requires safe access to the beach for its maintenance equipment. However, State Government conditions for the approval of these tracks currently hinders maintenance access at the helipad area so Council has sought to amend these conditions.
What are the Benefits?
Closing track #14 will help to repair the fragmented coastal dune ecosystem and support the efforts of local volunteer groups that are engaged in other dune restoration projects.
The changes are not expected to result in significant changes to the volume of public pedestrian traffic in this area as track #14, from Boyd Street opposite Oxley Way, is lightly used and the carpark area near the Surf Club and shops is serviced by tracks #11 and #12.